A school principal has faced backlash after banning his students from exchanging Christmas cards during the festive season.
The controversy was first sparked when head teacher Jonathan Mason, from Belton Lane Primary School in the UK, sent a letter to parents informing them of the reasons behind his decision.
“I have been approached by a number of children recently who are concerned about the impact of sending Christmas cards on the environment,” he wrote to more than 275 mums and dads.
“Throughout the world, we send enough Christmas cards that if we placed them alongside each other, they'd cover the world's circumference 500 times.
“The manufacture of Christmas cards is contributing to our ever-growing carbon emissions.”
In lieu of each child handing out dozens of disposable cards to classmates, they were instead encouraged to address one year to their year-long.
”Can we encourage you to save money and the environment by not sending cards to all of the children in the class individually, but instead if you want to send a card please send one card to the whole class,” Mr Mason wrote.
Principal’s divisive decision
But instead of echoing the principal’s message of sustainability, many parents jumped on the defence claiming the move is out-of-line with centuries-old festive season traditions.
“Why should children have the joy of taken out of Christmas? Why can't all these cards be recycled anyway? And I buy a lot of Christmas cards for charity,” one parent told Daily Mail of the ban.
"I know we have to protect the environment, but these are a few Christmas cards once a year and to be told about this on a piece of paper seems contradictory,” another added.
However, others backed the decision for reasons other than the environmental impact of every 275 students dispensing dozens of cards each.
“I think it's a good idea especially from personal experience having a child who had some learning difficulties with spelling being one,” one mother revealed.
“Writing out 30+ cards was a struggle not a happy experience but she felt it was something she had to do.
“One meaningful card to her whole class would of been so much easier and I agree this way no child is left out.”
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